Three Easy Ways To Take Care of Your Central AC System in Celebration of National AC Day!
Everyone knows about Independence Day and rightfully celebrates it with gusto. But there’s another day in July worth celebrating – National Air Conditioner Day. July 17th commemorates Willis Carrier’s invention of the modern air conditioner in 1902. His design, originally intended to lower indoor humidity, had the pleasant side effect of cooling the indoor air. Now his invention is in nearly every American home. So in honor of his game-changing achievement, here are a few of the best ways any homeowner can show their AC a little appreciation and care.
Keep the Filters and the House Clean
The first way to care for a central AC system is to keep it free of dust and debris buildup. This starts with changing the air filter regularly. A filter clogged with dust can restrict air intake, allow dirt to build up inside the unit, and contribute to poor indoor air quality. How often a given filter needs to be changed depends on the type of filter and whether there are pets in the house, among other things – but every 2-3 months is a good baseline.
The less dust is allowed to accumulate, the longer the filter will last, and the better the home’s air quality will be. Dusting hard surfaces, vacuuming carpets, rugs, upholstery, and washing cloth curtains regularly will help reduce the amount of particulate matter kicking around in the home.
Adjust the Thermostat for Maximum Efficiency
The next way to help protect and take care of an AC system is to reduce its workload as much as possible by exercising sensible temperature control. For instance, an AC unit will have to work harder and longer to keep the home cool during the hottest hours of the day.
A great solution is to raise the temperature by a few degrees in the daytime and lower it for the nighttime hours when the unit won’t have to work as hard. If necessary, one can use ceiling fans to compensate and help keep things cool. Manually adjusting the thermostat in the morning and evening can get old, so it’s best to use a programmable or “smart” thermostat to manage the schedule effortlessly.
Schedule Routine Tune-Ups and Maintenance
The third way to show appreciation for the AC this year is to hire a pro to perform regular maintenance, cleaning, and general tune-up services for the system. Lack of adequate maintenance is the number one cause of air conditioner problems, so it doesn’t pay to put it off.
A pro can safely inspect and work on the finer points of the system, such as cleaning the coils, checking the electrical systems, lubricating the fan belts and bearings, testing the thermostat for proper function and much more. Most HVAC companies offer yearly or twice-yearly maintenance plans, which takes the stress and hassle out of scheduling visits and makes this the most effortless way to celebrate the marvelous invention that is modern air conditioning.
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